Congratulations Didier Botta - 3rd place snow & ski

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With 2018 well underway it was time for the 17th edition of the annual World Snowkite Masters (SKM), this is a unique event where top riders show off their innovative tricks and styles in the specially created snowpark in Alpe d'Huez, France. Battling it out to be crowned IFKO World Champion, the SKM is renowned for being the place to set the standard and challenge the norm of kite tricks.

The riders awoke on the 25th to a beautiful morning, clear skies and sunshine, with the wind finally making an appearance meaning the competitions could properly commence. Although the conditions were challenging: gusty winds with hard snow and icy patches, the riders got off to a good start. 

Ozone's team rider Didier Botta performed fantastically and showed great skill in what was a tight competition. He admirably came away with a double 3rd place in both the skiing and snowboarding categories. These results also mean that he is crowned French Snowkiting champion for snowboard and vice champion for skiing...Congratulations Didi!

In the words of the organisers:

"The SKM is the perfect opportunity to discover this spectacular, athletic and aesthetic discipline that combines wind and gliding." 

"This event allows snow and mountain lovers to meet up and to exchange on all new developments in the techniques for competition or leisure. The Resort of alpe d ' huez and sataski made the ski lifts available for competitors to warm up on the slopes while waiting for the wind. The spot presented a fresh virgin snow and the regular north wind allowed young explorers to leave beautiful tracks. The scenery unfolds along several lakes with hilly terrain and steep slopes."

For more information check out the SKM website: www.snowkitemaster.com


Freestyle Men Ski / World Snowkitemasters IFKO

1 MIQUEL Benoit France 
2 CHABLOZ Maxime Switzerland 
3 BOTTA Didier France (Ozone - C4V6)

Freestyle Men Snowboard / World Snowkitemasters IFKO

1 GARASHCHENKO Artem Russia 
2 TOVERUD Andreas Norway 
3 BOTTA Didier France (Ozone - C4V6)

Freestyle Women Snowboard / world Snowkitemasters IFKO

1 SYSOEVA Tatiana Russia 
2 LARSSON Karolina Sweden 
3 OREN Kine Norway 


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